Legendary Coach Denny Crum: A Legacy of Championships and Excellence
Denny Crum, the legendary college basketball coach who led Louisville to two national titles under John Wooden at UCLA before taking over as head coach himself for 30 seasons before retiring with an incredible 675-295 record after 30 seasons at Louisville.
Crum made six Final Four appearances and two NCAA championships before moving on as head coach of Louisville in 1971 where he oversaw three different conferences while leading them to 15 regular season conference championships before leaving after 30 seasons and retiring with an 86 record in 2001.
Denny Crum Funeral Service of West Plains
Crum was known for his peaceful disposition and was fondly known as “Cool Hand Luke.” Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994 and honored 25 years later with a commemorative bench outside, current Louisville coach Kenny Payne expressed condolences and celebrated Crum’s impact on school and community while former Cardinals great Junior Bridgeman agreed with him; Susan Crum was present for both funeral services as she welcomed visitors; upon retirement he set up a scholarship fund in his name for Louisville students demonstrating leadership qualities; upon retiring he established a scholarship fund dedicated to Louisville students demonstrating leadership qualities while academic achievements; with KFC Yum! Center as home court naming after him!
Crum suffered two mild strokes between 2017 and 2019 which necessitated hospitalization, but will be remembered fondly for his dedication to basketball and impactful influence over generations of players.